“Four words that begin with the letter p: projects, passion, peers, and play. So that’s the approach I would take with coding…”
A bit of pre-reading…
Follow the blog categories here for the progress we have made exploring the place of code in the classroom at Green Shoots School.
My Scoop.it curates some of the trends to keep up to date too.
Edutopia articles suggested stages for coding in the classroom.
CommonSense.org – digital literacy programs
Skype in the Classroom – connecting globally.
Coding in education: academically speaking
Coding ideas in our Club and classroom.
SETTING UP FOR ARDUINO
OTHER CODING PROGRAMS TO EXPLORE
Blockly is a great bridge between Scratch and more advanced coding languages because it still uses colorful blocks but introduces proper terminology. The 52 Blockly Games are arranged in seven categories that teach core coding concepts to get students familiar with computer language basics.
Can you recreate our Hour of Code Basic Game html and Java programming activity? The code is here, and the actual script is here
The best part about Scratch is that kids share the games and animations they create on the site, so other kids can see their code and learn from it.
ScratchEd resources and suggestions.
Makey Makey is perfect for the classroom. Students can invent projects that combine the tactile materials of the classroom with the coding projects they’re creating on the computer to bring their creations to life.
With the Makey Makey, students can make any conductive material act as the input device for a computer. Because it comes preprogrammed, students with no coding experience can use it and learn to experiment with it as they start to learn coding.
Heres my Starter Kit
GEOCACHING TOO? YES, LET’S!
Geocaching is the real-world adventure that’s happening right now, all around you. Watch this video to learn more about what geocaching is, how it works and how you can become a part of it. After the video, head over to Geocaching.com to create your free account and to get started. Happy geocaching! http://www.geocaching.com/
Can we do this in a classroom?
Geocaching offers the discipline of accuracy, GPS tracking, and the range of equipment to use, lots of teamwork, collaboration.
Let’s get out and play!